Nov 302014
 

“There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever, somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.” – George R. R. Martin

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There may be something incredibly pretentious about beginning a video game review with a quote about fantasy novels, however I lack the words to eloquently describe my Dragon Age: Inquisition experience. Because if there’s one thing that is most striking about Inquisition, it is the fact that it plays at why so many people are enamored with the Fantasy genre: the idea that you could be the hero of your own story.

So far, DA: I has certainly been a hero for Bioware and EA games, and has enjoyed positive reviews across the board. Which is a good thing for Bioware, really: DA: I has some big boots to fill after Dragon Age: Origins—which was received as a fan-favorite game—and Dragon Age 2—which was considered to be a flop. So how does DA: I stand in the face of such high expectations?

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Apr 232014
 

Hello folks~ And welcome to a short bite of some food for thought! I hope you all got your ugly mage hats ready, because Bioware just released a brand new trailer for the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, which will be released on October 7th, 2014!

 

 Because we all did not expect a Navarran inquisition, surely. But with this trailer opens up more questions—and still, fewer answers, especially to those important concerns, like if Varric is romance-able this time around…

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Sep 042013
 

Like most sci-fi RPG fans, I can’t help but be endlessly enamored by the Mass Effect series. Maintaining a rich, fulfilling narrative in an extensive setting with gut-wrenching depth is no small feat, and Bioware’s trilogy has left many inspired and touched.

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Aug 312013
 

Hey folks, Fenrir here with some exciting news! So hold on to your ugly mage hats because there’s been a lot of buzz about Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third installment in Bioware’s ever-popular Dragon Age series! Originally scheduled to release this fall, the team at Bioware is instead pushing the release for next year–and with the latest info released at PAX this weekend, there’s plenty of good reason to wait another year.

"That is mahogany!"

“That is mahogany!”

From playable Qunari characters (SAY WHAT), dodge-rolling action, impressive graphics, an expansive overworld–oh and plenty of ugly hats for everyone–Inquisition is growing into a pretty ambitious project. So let’s get down to business and try to summarize all the cool, new buzz in store for fans of all things Thedas.

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Apr 192013
 

Today I’m shaking things up a bit in my weekly “Retrospective” column. Instead of looking back at a game I never played, fitting it into a modern context, I thought I’d play a game that I did play and loved again after nearly five years. Instead of evaluating its validity without an ounce of nostalgia, I thought I’d use nostalgia this week a a vehicle to drive my analysis of design. After all, Mass Effect as a franchise has exploded since this first effort, and what started out somewhat humble has since grown into a behemoth in the gaming spectrum.

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Dec 242012
 

Hello everyone, it’s Laevatein, and I’m back from the dead! Or for a more mundane answer, I’m back from my hiatus. Anyway, it’s Christmas Eve, and Santa is probably still going over his list to see who’s naughty and who’s nice (he’s gotta check it twice, after all). You know the drill though, whoever’s nice gets good gifts, and whoever’s naughty gets coal (or Windows phones or whatever people consider lousy nowadays (I’m joking about the Windows phones part)). Now, as a guy who writes about games, I think talking about how morality works in games is a pretty fitting choice for a post on Christmas Eve. I mean, how much more meta can you get than Santa?

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